01 444 3444
086 012 3705
Who Can Foster?
We are looking for kind, compassionate, fun-loving, committed, enthusiastic, caring, resilient, empathetic, reflective foster carers who want to support children through their childhood. Adults and families who will support children build confidence and trust in relationships.
Foster care ireland
You can foster
  • If you are married, single, cohabiting, divorced, separated, same gender or heterosexual couples
  • Whether you are employed, unemployed, taking a career break or thinking about reducing your working hours around the needs of a child
  • If you are from any ethnic, cultural or religious background – we welcome foster carers from all communities
  • Whether you have children, have never had children, or simply that your children have grown up and left home
You must be
  • Over 25 years of age
  • Have a spare bedroom
  • Available to support a child to trust in relationships
  • Committed to training, learning and sharing your insights with our family of foster carers
How the Assessment
Process Works
Foster Care Ireland’s child centred approach is attachment and trauma informed to help foster carers
and professionals understand and appreciate the child’s perspective and their immediate needs
Complete the online enquiry form or contact us on 01 4443444 A member of our team will follow up with you to arrange a suitable time to talk
One of our team will make contact with you by phone
We will meet you in your home and answer all of your questions
You complete your application form and give us your consent to enable us to arrange the required checks such as Garda Vetting
We allocate a social worker to begin the assessment which will involve completing all necessary checks such as Garda vetting, social work checks, medical reviews, contact with your child’s school and meeting two referees chosen by you. In addition there will be a minimum of eight visits to meet with you and your family. We aim to complete the entire assessment within 16 weeks
We present all of the information gathered in an assessment report to your local area Foster Care Committee. It is their role and responsibility to review the information and if satisfied approve you to become a foster carer
Legislation, Regulation and Standards
Navigating the realm of foster care involves understanding various legislation, regulations, and standards. These frameworks are crucial in ensuring the safety, wellbeing, and rights of every child in foster care
The Child Care Act 1991
The Children’s Act 2001
The Child Care Amendment Act 2007
The Child Care Regulations 1995
National Standards in Foster Care, 2003
Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children
Enquiry form
We look forward to your application
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